Allison Wick

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Human or machine: can you tell who wrote these poems?

NPR has a quiz that invites you to guess which of six poems were written by a computer program, and which were written by humans. A group of 10 …

Science Finally Explains Why Books Smell So Darn Good

Ask an avid reader what their favorite scent in the world is, and the answer is almost immediate: the intoxicating smell of old books. Whether you’re taking a good whiff in an indie bookstore or breathing in the delicate pages of an ancient volume at a local library, there’s no denying that old …

The Surprising Reason Why Books Smell So Good

Admit it: You've sniffed books before, too.<p>Old books, new books, passed down books, textbooks, thick books, thin books — they all have a pretty distinct smell, and there's actually a ton of science involved in explaining why.<p>Andy Brunning, a Cambridge chemistry teacher, studied the chemical makeup …

This App Makes Composing Sheet Music As Easy As Finger Painting

Musical notation is tough for beginners to decipher. Pitch, tempo, and rhythm are all denoted in a seemingly cryptic language of lines and symbols, and learning dense theory can be a snooze fest. Alexei Baboulevitch, a software developer in the Bay Area, has created an iPad app called Composer’s …

This is what happens to a musician’s brain when they play Bach

29 March 2016, 11:33<p>Violinist Jennifer Koh was monitored by Duke University scientists while she contemplated the huge technical challenge of playing …

The Smart Way: The ONE Smart Keyboard May Make a Good Teacher But Won't Cure a Lazy Student

For the last three years one of my New Year's Resolutions has been to learn to play the piano (something about doing so is supposed the keep the mind nimble; and I've always wanted to). I have no illusions about becoming some Chopin-playing prodigy, or even being able to improvise Jazz riffs, or …

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This Virtuoso Makes Every Annoying Ringtone Beautiful on a Piano

Consider sampling part of this to turn old ringtones on their heads.<p>Tony Ann's Youtube channel shows him covering a wide variety of contemporary music. He has applied his virtuoso keyboard skills to everything from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to Adele's "Someone Like You" and his original piece, …

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Behind the Music: An Intimate Interview with The Piano Guys

Photo by Hannah Gali<p>What do you ask a goofy musical group of four called The Piano Guys?<p>The answer is simple: get deep and serious with questions about death, fear, and their careers ending.<p>When The Piano Guys came through Toronto to perform at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in May, I …